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today's news on the week's top stories on international. peace in east ukraine. to investigate the crash of malaysian airliner. that killed. even before the start of the probe of the u.s. . territory controlled by resistance fighters. an investigation ongoing into one of the worst accidents. left dozens dead as three subway cars derailed during the morning rush hour.
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with locals describing the heaviest shelling so latest numbers three hundred forty palestinians have now died with most of them being. with the top headlines of the weekend off today this is the week international thanks for joining us. flour was laid up on. remains of two hundred ninety eight people these scenes from the signs of this week's tragic crash of a malaysian passenger jet in east ukraine eighty of those on board the airliner were children russia and the u.n. for an international investigation and a team of observers has arrived at the scene they arrived on friday but it's. now
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reports the local authorities say international involvement has actually been extremely slow in coming. situation here the plane crash site is certainly a different from what we encountered say in the first and the second day the area is now cordoned off by plainclothes militia i imagine and the bodies of the victims solve the bodies have been taken away. for the self-defense forces and control of this area say they've made several appeals to the international community to get it seem of the experts here as soon as possible sense of urgency is boosted by this year it's some thirty degrees and the bodies of the victims are starting to decompose rapidly to do so we want a comprehensive and objective investigation but we don't feel like there's enthusiasm among the international community in experts several dozen experts who are
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currently in kiev we're asking them please come here faster we are surprised and frankly angered that we have to keep the area untouched while we've been waiting for them for so long meanwhile kiev has already rushed to accuse the end to government forces of meddling with a crash scene on. the pro russian fighters are not allowing investigators to collect and transfer the evidence they're also not letting the search and rescue leave the area the groups are currently working under the threat of armed force. since then the republics have said they will guarantee the safety of international experts but for now the only international group to make it to the scene of the crash is their organization for security and cooperation in europe the always see but it seems that right now they can do a little but stand by and watch although there is very little as we've reported there's very little security on the perimeter of the cross site we did notice that
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when he arrived today there was a cordon of armed security personnel both sides of the road when the process was basically as follow is that people go out of the body the photographic video way and then the body is placed on the back and put beside the roadway is a brief from the plane is screwed over it's once a kilometer radius which is likely to slow down the investigation and that large area is right in the middle of the conflict zone all this means that a clear analysis of how this plane came to crash in the field in eastern ukraine is unlikely to come see if indeed it comes at all and that is a heavy burden for many of the relatives of the victims who plan to come here to the scene of the disaster from on costs or of eastern ukraine or let's take a look at the chronology of the events that run up to the crash twelve fifteen pm local time the plane left for. for twenty one pm ukrainian time all radio and
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radar contact with the flight is lost within the hour the crash site located though there were no survivors now by eight pm both kiev and government troops did night shooting down the plane instead pinning the blame on each other and the process of identifying the victims began leaving malaysian authorities ultimately to notify hundreds of grief stricken relatives the vast majority of those of course dealing with a state of shock. you solution a little caught i heard terrible noise i went out first and then my has been turned on the woman fell to the ground right after i ran out i was in shock i couldn't go further than my yard. a soon as we went out of the house we saw a body lying nearby it must have fallen from a very high altitude now you can smell the odor over here there are no words to describe it finally we were swimming and we heard three distinct shots actually not sure it's more like explosions and then we saw the plane falling its wing was
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falling off and then we saw black smoke and that's all the earth additional or yes first i didn't notice anything my son went out and said mom there's a body in the kitchen and there was plaster everywhere i thought it was just a pile of rubbish but then i understood it was a human body without a leg and with arms twisted and broken it's a murder a real murder and for malaysian airlines the plane crash of m.h. seventeen is the second disaster in less than five months in march flight three seventy just disappeared on its way to beijing and both cases of certainly left many more questions than answers artie's alexina shift the reporting now from kuala lumpur. inside the kuala lumpur international airport right now nothing speaks of the horrible tragedy of thursday it works without disruptions this is different to the situation in march when the other malaysian airlines jet went missing relatives
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of those on board were literally beseeching the malaysian airlines offices back then they still had hope of seeing their loved ones alive. there's no chance of that for the families connected to thursday's tragedy over ukraine but what unites the two apparently different design asters is the fact there are far more questions than answers starting with the mh seventeen jets flight path you move. and didn't see by the local school. so you want to believe. that you can see the plane. but if that route was safe and many other jets had flown it on the day why had several airlines decided to change their paths malaysian authorities claim the plane was flying on the set route but flight tracker data published online suggest the path could have been changed to three hundred kilometers further north. international civil aviation community the risk we.
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carry. some carry. very safe flying even many months ago. cross ukraine but if the flight trajectory is more a matter of speculation right now one alteration it made has been officially confirmed as the flight. but. still we have. indeed altitude changes on request is a common practice but the malaysian authorities have received no clarification as to why it was ordered on that day supposedly minutes before the jet went down most relatives of the passengers of m.h. seventeen have now gone to ukraine to identify the bodies a team of malaysian investigators is following them in the hope of shedding at
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least some light on this dark story. reporting from kuala lumpur in malaysia. let's take a detailed look at the area where m h seventeen came down will bring you up to what is a basically a little town where most of the debris has been found we're talking about right here the plane that came from the northwest it flew almost well almost over the entire conflict zone as you can see and that includes two former hotspots we're talking about and kramatorsk now major ukrainian army outposts are located in the crash site itself almost directly between the regional capitals of the and yes and lugansk kiev and anti-government forces have engaged in some of the fiercest fighting over their airports in fact above all right here just kilometers away from the border with russia that's been shelled by the ukrainian army on numerous occasions and earlier this week in the neighboring town of. an air strike destroyed a residential building we're talking about this area on the map as you can see right. now so far there's no conclusive evidence that ukraine is claiming that anti
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government forces shot down the plane a kiev is basing its accusations on several bits of unverified information shortly after the jet went down ukraine circulated what it called a leaked phone call in which the opposition fighters allegedly admit to firing on the plane a video released by kiev purports to show a book mobile surface to air missile system in eastern ukraine allegedly missing one of its rockets the plane crashed on territory controlled by the opposition in kiev claims that is enough to implicate them despite the fact that ukrainian armed forces also have a very heavy presence there. let's bring up a list for you now of the nationalities on of those on board the ill fated craft the majority dutch one hundred ninety three victims forty three though as well including the crew members all malaysian twenty seven australians also nationals from britain germany the philippines and indonesia the plane crashes one of the biggest ever more than tragedies for the netherlands and artie's peter all of our
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reports from that. the devastating news no one expects to hear. malaysian a boeing airline has been reportedly downed based on reuters and interfax a malaysian airlines flight with about two hundred ninety five people on board has crashed grief spills over as family and friends of those on board m h seventeen make it to the airport in amsterdam at the scene of the crash passports strewn among the carnage each one a painful reminder of a person who died and each of those people leave behind friends and family it's in small communities like this one that have been directly affected that the real human tragedy becomes clear neil tall and her partner course children were on the flight outside the flower shop they owned floral tributes pile up those who saw them day on day
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a left stunned we couldn't believe what's happened. rumors spread quickly on facebook in the morning to see outside the nose of a flower. then you know it's it happened for real in the shop window a sign for the postman drop the mail off next door we're on holiday they were very lovely people and. you know they want to just to just enjoy a holiday for two weeks and come back and say to pick up the post and i had a great holiday before stepping on the plane shilled posted this message on facebook it's understood ms toll had been uneasy about the flight following the disappearance of a malaysian airlines jet early at this year. family members stand sobbing in front of a book of condolences they told me they just can't bring themselves to speak on camera it's not only those who lost relatives in the tragedy who were grieving the
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netherlands is in a state of disbelief following the deaths of nearly two hundred of its citizens in the disaster we were all shocked and i have very much. because especially for me. it's really. strange because my father modern i've been on this this same flight many times. from the it's so shocking so many dutch people were on back plane this tragedy has affected our song i. think about it's not realistic people just the public airplane taking it down in this small country of only seventeen million people it seems nearly everyone has been touched in some way by this the worst disaster to affect the country in its recent history teacher all of a party netherlands. if it is proven that of resistance fighters in east ukraine did down m h one seven but it's a direct result of russia destabilizing
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a sovereign state and supporting anti government fighters well at least the view of the british prime minister david cameron accusations started even before the beginning of an investigation is guy nature can. before investigators made it to the crash site the u.s. announced to the world where the deadly missile shot came from evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by a surface to air missile that was launched from an area that is controlled by russian backed separatists inside of ukraine but the u.s. president stopped short of saying who pulled the trigger we don't know exactly what happened and yet u.s. officials all but to accuse the rebels in eastern ukraine and russia by association of having shot down the plane president obama based his suggestions on incidents of ukrainian military jets that the rebels recently shot out of the sky a group of separatists can't shoot. military transport planes or they
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claim shoot down fighter jets without sophisticated equipment and sophisticated training and that is coming from russia russia says kiva is responsible because it launched this military operation in eastern ukraine and the u.s. supported it moscow has also raised a number of questions for kiev to answer including why it hadn't closed the airspace over what was clearly a war zone the jim gray why did the air traffic controller send a passenger flights to an area of military clashes an area which was used to carry out strikes against civilian targets and where there were anti-aircraft systems operating all members of the un security council including russia and the united states have called for a credible impartial investigation of the disaster it will take time before any results come through but the blame game is already in full swing down a chicken or t. washington d.c.
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. a storm of accusations has been unleashed by the mainstream media which picked up on woods coming from the u.s. and the blame was put on anti government forces amid claims that being supported by moscow the editor of global media inc that's a media channel danny schechter he believes war mongering is only raising that many in the media in america are already blaming president putin personally for this as if he is responsible but without any evidence to back it up and of course the ukrainian president has blamed terrorists whoever they are. trading of accusations between the ukrainian military and the so-called separatists in the east of the ukraine obviously to needs to be some sort of a kind of ceasefire there and a real serious investigation if you want to get at the truth this is a very politically laced subject that really requires this passionate international
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investigation. other lawyers have been lost this week in eastern ukraine that were not involved in the plane crash victims are going down on its own citizens in the east of largely gone unnoticed after the break. we report on the offensive against the region's biggest cities. and the bloody onslaught with no end in sight if the israeli palestinian conflict escalates we have a look at the young and vulnerable of gaza who are certainly suffering there but. i want to allegations of propaganda also represent them because what you do is essentially to mine this somewhere without looking. looking a bit. to get a real problem i think that's a political ploy which distorted the old. ukraine crisis somebody.
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on the left me on the side. of the military. you know i'm basically sourcing the whole of the reporting. and i think there's a need for the whole discussion about. the
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weekend of today here on international thanks for joining us this week ukrainian forces moved closer to the regional centers of east ukraine. their approach was marked by the firing of. shells and the people of living their lives in the shadows of air raid sirens and all out shooting on the streets at least sixteen civilians died after being hit in daylight dozens of buildings including a church were seriously damaged the total number of lives lost in the city since early june has now reached two hundred fifty that's according to monitors from the organization for security and cooperation in europe the very latest updates from the area we can cross live. on the russia ukraine border we actually spoke to her a short while ago will get you have a report in the very near future here on the international now for now one of the worst crashes in the history of the moscow metro shook the capital on tuesday this week three subway cars derailed off its off the coming to an abrupt stop during the
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morning rush hour now of more than twenty people were killed and one hundred fifty taken to hospital some remain in intensive care his footage of that aftermath. here i. go. i. know it took emergency workers three days to remove the wreckage and carry out repairs allowing traffic on the metro line to resume a one eyewitness recounts the accident then you can see if they knew i was thrown
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into the air there was blood on the floor heads some people had broken ribs and one person was in for and old people were hysterical we started to get out we saw during the tunnel will men eventually broke that door and you saw workers constructing a parallel time because they helped us to get it but now there are a number of theories of how a decade old railway section became the scene of such a deadly accident so far investigators believe a faulty switch was to blame all to metro workers have been detained over safety breaches. thanks for joining us today sharing some of your sunday with us here on r.t. international israel has expanded its ground invasion into gaza sending in additional forces residents that's a recent attacks with the heaviest surf i reports say more than thirty bodies were taken to hospitals on sunday morning doctors fearing the number of dead will only
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rise. was. the was. the only food of the world it. was. and israel has now demolished over a dozen underground tunnels used by hamas on the voting today of the offensive militants are defined saying they're ready for a prolonged conflict reports say two more i.d.f. soldiers have been killed overnight that brings the total number of israeli casualties to seven old diplomatic efforts to end the fighting they've all failed and now with the borders sealed off the u.n. says over sixty thousand people in gaza are seeking refuge and the ground an air attacks and now killed more than three hundred sixty published its.
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now government forces are moving closer to the regional centers of east ukraine we're talking about don't yet sky and lugansk for the very latest update from the area his oxys arena good. residents of reported hearing air raid sirens again again last night and they're saying that fighting continues on the outskirts of the city now according to self-defense forces ukrainian troops are gaining ground seeking to take over the world that is connecting the gods to this disease that are essentially capitals of the rest of regions now we're going to be very wrong to offer the assaults by the ukrainian army their city has been heavily hit its infrastructure damaged people are saying they're left without water electricity gas is also something they're finding a shortage off of course there are instances of people being hit in the middle of
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the day by artillery and mortar shells at one instance eight people have died when a shell has hit a cross wall always the observers have said that two hundred fifty people have been killed since the beginning of june alone previously that number is given for civilian casualties for these hydration and conflict for both regions so now we can assume that that number is probably a lot higher than. it can be heard on the border between russia and ukraine with residents complaining about shells flying into their backyards essentially. that has assured that civilians are not going to be the. targets by ukrainian military nevertheless they seem to be bearing the brunt of the pressure and when exactly. at this conflict is going to end is not yet clear with of course the world's attention being on the aftermath off the disaster of flight m.h. seventeen the fighting that doesn't seem to subside in southeastern ukraine goes on
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before. so this is done yet it's a city that not too long ago hosted matches in the euro twenty twelve football championship the navajos as the scars of shelling by the ukrainian army and one of the buildings hit was a can because. thanks for joining us for the weekly here on our team international law grover sushi in moscow step aside oksana boycott next with well it's about. two u.s. agents who are working deep inside the german government have been caught which is heightened tensions between the two countries even more the german reaction to this was to expel the cia chief in berlin from his post this is the kind of story that makes people who hate u.s.
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foreign policy the share button on facebook and get all excited it makes me feel that merkel or at least some elements of the german government are actually fighting against foreign meddling but i would say that you should take this story with a huge grain of salt yeah they just have one cia asset out of the country and this could be a sign of change but there are still twenty plus u.s. military bases currently operating in germany in fact the bomb holder base is one of the largest ones outside of america territory with thirteen thousand troops permanently stationed there so basically if merkel really wants to reduce foreign meddling in germany she's going to have to somehow get a massive foreign military presence out of a country and since this has been there for almost seventy years already i don't think that they're just going to pack up and leave on their own one day but that's just my opinion.
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live. live live. live live. live. talk rules in effect that means you can jump in anytime you want to live. hello and welcome to worlds apart in the era when whole countries are convicted and
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because the public opinion when the massacres are carried out to be shown on t.v. and where perception and reality are just as mixed as news and commentary is there still a place for journalism let alone ethical journalism well to discuss that i'm now joined by eight in the wide director of the ethical journalism network mr y. thank you very much for being here hello us pleasure now you define journalism in terms of five basic elements truth independence impartiality humanity and humility and those are very subjective categories they're all essentially in the eye of the beholder starting from truth what could be more divisive and complicated than that so i wonder whether your own decision of journalism essentially reduced as a journalist to somebody whose notions of truth impartiality and independence are very similar to yours no i mean i think that's wrong or i mean i'm not just talking out here about journalists i mean i think what we're talking about the framework in which everybody look all human beings arrested all on the walls and when we have
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a discourse between us i mean it's reasonable that we expect the trouble to be ethical you know the basic constituents are more to my cool cicle journalism all ok i agree with you truth is a very big good but i think accuracy is extremely important and we shouldn't be deceptive in our humbling of the facts independent so that we are not a propagandist for one particular side accountability that we're ready to engage with you to correct let the reader all there is very important notions in detail and i suggest we consider the conflict in ukraine which i know you recently row. and there are at least three distinct narratives as far as ukrainian coverage is concerned russian ukrainian and western in the article that you wrote recently perhaps and surprisingly described the russian and ukrainian line as political propaganda but i came away with an impression that you believe that.